Ericsson ICT Professional Foundation Program promotes youth development in GIK Institute


·         Ericsson expands its university program to support building diverse local talent throughout the Middle East for the second year in a row, together with universities across 15 countries

·         Ericsson’s ICT Professional Foundation Program targets large groups of students from across the region, to help the maximum number benefit from an opportunity to seamlessly transition from academia to the ICT industry

The program, which first started in 2015, now covers 15 countries across the Middle East and is a gateway for students in the region to explore opportunities in the ICT industry.

The two-month course aims to bridge the gap between academia and the ICT industry for students looking to join companies like Ericsson. The online nature of the course enables Ericsson to target a large group of students at once, and is efficient in terms of cost and logistics. The course supports building a great pipeline of candidates for internship and graduate programs.

In Pakistan Ericsson has cooperated with the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering, the Lahore University of Management Sciences and the University of Engineering & Technology for the initiative.

Jehangir Bashir, Rector, GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences & Technology said: “As we look forward to a brighter future in Pakistan, we see Ericsson’s ICT Professional Foundation Program as an investment in that future. Educating our youth, using global best-practice technologies, will empower our youth to participate in the digital world on a much more even playing field with our counterparts in the region."


Rafiah Ibrahim, Ericsson’s Head of Region Middle East and East Africa says: “Ericsson is honored to cooperate with top universities across the region to launch the ICT Professional Foundation Program. We aim to prepare the ambitious young students by inspiring them and cultivating their capabilities helping them grow into outstanding professionals and lead in the Networked Society of the future."

Girish Johar, Head of Human Resources, Ericsson Middle East added: “We completed the first successful year of the ICT professional program with about 450 students. We are excited to commence the second phase, confident in the value that the program will bring for youth interested in the ICT industry. Like last year, diversity will remain a focus, so we broaden the talent pool for the ICT industry in the region.”

Date: 16th November, 2016